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Greg Kerkvliet

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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1 year 36 weeks

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This team needs productive athletes, but there are ways to quantify that in stats, and LaVine didn't show that in games the same way that other options did.

With that said, Flip certainly didn't do what was comfortable. I think the Wolves have made their share of "low risk" picks in recent years: Williams was considered the best or 2nd-best player in '11 when guys like Jonas Valanciunas and Kawhi Leonard were available (before Canis Hoopus puffs out its chest too much, it should be...

Percy had some pretty good seasons and had the offense catered to his talents even moreso than Adrian Peterson, yet they went on a playoff run after Harvin went down for the season. By many accounts, he was a child.

Love's status with fans has nothing to do with KG. This organization has been bad to Love, and while I'm not mad at him for wanting to go, his approach this summer makes me compare his attitude more to another former Wolf: Christian Laettner. Fans have a justifiably...

And they were able to trade him for Stanley Roberts, who played in 74 games the following year. As for Billups, Brandon was a better player at the time (higher PER, better passer and defender, though less-efficient scorer) and was still on a long-term deal; the problem was that they didn't realize the severity of his injury and keep Billups, which he was open to. I think they realized he deserved to start somewhere in the NBA, and they made the mistake of thinking the job wasn't open here (...

I said it during the season when everyone was harping on Adelman. At least Adelman's sets were harder to guard and his defenses masked deficiencies. Supposedly, though, Wittman was the bad cop to his good cop during his time here (which might explain some of his failures in Detroit and Washington since Witt was the head coach here), and I could see Mitchell taking on that role. I'm skeptical that an old dog can be taught new tricks.

That goes for Taylor as well. I know the media loves...

As far as I know, a player has never taken the qualifying offer in restricted free agency instead of signing a multi-year deal. No player who tore his ACL should do that, and his agent would strongly discourage him from doing so. The only report on the matter (a Darren Wolfson tweet) suggested his camp is very happy that Flip's taking the job.

I wanted to check how true that actually was, so I focused instead on 3 point shooters who played for Flip and whether their number of attempts were lower with the Wolves or higher. In most cases, those shooters attempted as many or more 3s with the Wolves as they did with their other teams (Hoiberg, Peeler, "Hollywood" Robinson, Hudson, Cassell, Porter, Sprewell). The 3 notable exceptions are Brandon, Billups, and Szczerbiak. With Detroit, Hamilton took fewer while Billups, Wallace, and...

Any new deal would start after next season, and my guess is that he gets 4 years. The year before unrestricted free agency is when that'd be a problem, but it's rare for anyone to successfully lobby for a trade before then.

I trust what the numbers indicate, however surprising they can be. Even hardcore fans can be susceptible to believing narratives. Whether he consciously chose personnel that couldn't make 3s at a high volume is worth questioning, but their wings included average or below average 3 point threats like KG (his first 4 seasons at the 3), Marbury, Doug West, Sam Mitchell, Malik Sealy, Bobby Jackson (he developed it later), Kendall Gill, Rod Strickland, Sam Cassell, Trenton Hassell, and Latrell...

I was off on Billups, since those seasons finish in the lower half (I must have mixed up the years); I don't think that's a huge enough difference to prove what you might think it does, but I understand that an argument could be made. Prince (career 3PA/36 avg.: 1.8) averaged 2.3, 2.5, and 2 under Saunders, and Wallace (3.2 3PA/36 career) averaged 5.6, 4.4, and 4.8 under him. Also, Billups' 3PA/36 under Saunders in both places ranked 9th, 11th, 13th, 15th, and 17th for his 17-season career,...

Posted on 06/03/14 at 11:48 am in response to How the Timberwolves should get rid of Kevin Love

I don't think Taylor or Flip have any interest in tearing it down. Though what I'm about to bring up isn't probably related to their reasoning, that approach makes sense if we assume that young players develop better when they're forced to compete and not given free reign. If that's the case, a team might find more hits from the draft because their picks in the teens were developed properly (like Dieng). It also means having a coach who can properly develop those guys.

The type of...